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WA - Officials: invasive green crabs spreading along coast

SEATTLE (AP) — European green crabs were found in Washington’s inland waters in 2016, prompting extensive monitoring. Now state officials say this destructive invasive species is spreading in several coastal locations.

Engineering

OR - Spring Spill begins facilitating fish passage at Snake and Columbia river dams

Spill through two raised spillway weirs (right) and conventional spillways at McNary Dam on the lower Columbia River improves downstream passage survival for juvenile salmon and steelhead.

Pacific Northwest
Property

WA - Native communities confront painful choice: move away, or succumb to rising waters?

Throughout Indian Country, where cultures are tied to land and water, plans to relocate are under way as the climate crisis worsens

Pacific Northwest
Engineering

WA - Is shoreline armoring becoming a relic of the past?

Close to 30% of Puget Sound's shoreline is armored with seawalls and other structures meant to protect beaches against rising tides and erosion. But science increasingly shows that these structures are ineffective and cause significant harm to salmon and other creatures. State and federal agencies have been encouraging private property owners to remove armoring in a race to improve habitat, but why did so much of it start appearing in the first place?

Pacific Northwest
Science

OR - OSU wave lab receives NSF research grant

The National Science Foundation has awarded the Oregon State University College of Engineering nearly $5 million for natural hazards engineering research at OSU’s O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory.

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Fisheries

WA - Washington's razor clam season shut down by hazardous algal blooms

For thousands in the state, razor clamming represents culture and heritage. But state and tribal agencies are trying to protect people from harmful toxins.

Pacific Northwest
Local

OR - LUBA agrees, no grading of dunes for views

The Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals affirmed the city of Cannon Beach’s decision not to allow grading of sand dunes for views.

Pacific Northwest
Engineering

OR - Murphy Says Jetties Needed at Oregon Inlet

WANCHESE — As Oregon Inlet continues to thwart nearly every effort to tame it, North Carolina Congressman Greg Murphy, a Republican from Greenville, is lending his voice to reviving pursuit of twin jetties to prevent sand clogging the inlet’s navigation channel.

Pacific Northwest
Tourism

CAN - 'Struggle to come back will take years': Vancouver Island Tourism CEO

Of all B.C.’s economic sectors impacted by COVID-19, you could argue tourism and hospitality has been hit the hardest.

Pacific Northwest
Property

OR - Cliffside homes on Oregon coast threatened by seawall collapse

LINCOLN BEACH — Early Saturday morning, several Lincoln Beach residents awoke to find a seawall on Lincoln Avenue had collapsed from erosion, dozens of its 35-foot tall concrete pilings breaking free and tumbling onto the beach below by Monday afternoon.

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Advocacy

USA - Will climate change widen the gap between haves and have-nots in the Northwest?

Activists in the Pacific Northwest have warned for years that communities of color and other marginalized groups are disproportionately impacted by the effects of climate change, and less well-positioned to take advantage of jobs and other benefits likely to result as the region’s economy moves away from fossil fuels.

Pacific Northwest
Property

OR - Homes threatened by seawall collapse

LINCOLN BEACH — Early Saturday morning, several Lincoln Beach residents awoke to find a seawall on Lincoln Avenue had collapsed from erosion, dozens of its 35-foot tall concrete pilings breaking free and tumbling onto the beach below by Monday afternoon.

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Energy

OR - Regulators OK groundbreaking wave energy testing project off Oregon coast

PORTLAND — Federal energy regulators have given Oregon State University initial approval for a groundbreaking wave energy testing facility off the coast.

Pacific Northwest
Science

OR - Can Oregon Stem the Loss of Complex Kelp Ecosystems?

In this special series for Jefferson Public Radio, reporter Kate Kaye takes us to Oregon’s rocky shores — visiting with volunteers monitoring black oystercatchers, researchers surveying gray whales and kelp, a South Coast ecotour guide, a North Coast crabber and more — to illuminate the challenges affecting rocky intertidal habitats, how new policy proposals seek to address them and what they could mean for Oregonians.

Pacific Northwest
Energy

OR - BOEM Issues First US West Coast Wave Lease

Research permit granted to Oregon State University

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